Here's a few quick facts about our favourite summer fruit:
- They’re 92 per cent water, making them a perfect refresher for those long, hot summer months.
- Watermelons usually have red flesh, but some watermelons have white, yellow, orange or even green flesh.
- We think of watermelon as a fruit because of its sweet flavour, but watermelon is actually a vegetable. It belongs to the cucurbit family, and is related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.
- While we tend to focus on the melon’s succulent flesh, watermelon rinds are also edible - as well as full of nutrients, with surprising health benefits.
- The heaviest watermelon to date was grown by Guinness World Record holder Chris Kent, of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 2013. A Carolina Cross, it weighed in at 350.5 pounds. To give you some perspective, that’s the equivalent of an NFL lineman.
- Watermelons are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, including prostate, lung, and stomach.
- Those white “seeds” that you find in your watermelon are actually empty seed coats and are perfectly safe to eat.